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BY JUDY BOLIO, AVVA AWARDS CHAIR

At press time, we had no nominations for the 2007 Fellowship Award. May 18 is the deadline to submit candidates. That is only a matter of weeks.

In 2005 we had four recipients: VVA Florida State Council and the AVVA Florida Association for their work with Hurricane Katrina survivors, Joyce Koprowski for her work organizing and helping with the hurricane, and Dwayne Sogis for his everyday work with the homeless, seniors, and children in California.

In 2006 we only had two recipients: Kathy Upchurch, a Gold Star wife, for her work in Arizona; and Jim Messmer, an incarcerated member from Ohio who is committed to doing everything in his power to help his affiliated chapter.

These are everyday people with everyday lives reaching out to veterans and their families, the homeless, their communities, states, and our nation. We want to recognize them and tell them, “Thank you for a job well done.” But we can’t if we don’t know who they are, what they have done, or what they are doing. Please help us: nominate them.

The requirements for nominations are:

  1. Applicant must be a current member in good standing of AVVA with no pending disciplinary actions.
  2. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 18.
  3. Include a report, no less than one page but no more than two pages, describing the individual’s attributes and accomplishments.
  4. Include documents or articles to reinforce the submission.
  5. The Awards Committee is responsible for the selection. The award will be presented at the AVVA Luncheon in Springfield. All submissions will remain the sole property of the Awards Committee until the AVVA Leadership Conference is closed, at which time they will be stored at the national office in Silver Spring.
  6. Submissions should be sent to Judy Bolio, Awards Committee Chair, 326-16th Avenue, Silvis, Il 61282-1809 jbolio@avva.org

Please take the time to acknowledge someone who goes a step beyond for their fellow veterans, families, and country.

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